What Does Natural Health Mean to You?

What’s your natural health IQ? All too often, we become caught up with the “what’s in” phase of society. Being the average consumer of a myriad of healthcare options, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish what is in our best interest – especially when we’re inundated with a constant flow of TV commercials talking about various pharmaceuticals and other conventional health treatments. News reports seem to conflict one another – what’s great one day for lowering cholesterol might be detrimental to our bodies five years down the road; likewise, pain-killing drugs like the recent arthritis anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx proved to have serious health repercussions. What has never changed, however, is the fact that basic natural health remedies are frequently the best choice for all concerned.

For instance, natural health products like CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) have been proven to help lower blood pressure and improve heart health. In addition, there are many individuals who seek anti-aging methods; often turning to plastic surgery, harsh chemical peels, and botox to improve the look and feel of skin. Today, there are several alternatives to improving the condition of your skin naturally including facial massage, pomegranate extract, vitamin E and coconut milk – to name a few natural health solutions.

Homeopathic remedies for acne, common colds and flu, strains and other musculoskeletal pain have also shown to work effectively without the drastic side effects of conventional medicine. Aforementioned and other natural health care treatments are beginning to gain leeway in North America, as more and more consumers are demanding safe and noninvasive medicine that treats the whole person and not just the “dis-ease.”

What is your natural health education level? Many times, we discover “new” or alternative therapies in newspaper stands, shelf magazines or online. Skeptics might warrant some disdain for complementary medicines like acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy and homeopathy – but how many of these individuals have actually facilitated these natural health treatments? Begging to differ on opinion-based literature, one must merely explore the many facets of natural health care to determine which discipline or combination of integrative healthcare meets your needs.

Today, there is a plethora of natural health education material available online, in local libraries, college libraries and through your local alternative healthcare practitioner, as well. Don’t take our word for it, challenge yourself to discover the many avenues of natural healing medicines. You may just surprise yourself with the outcome!

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Mainstream Studies on Natural Health Flawed

Recent headlines from an Oregon State University study asserted “Vitamin E trials ‘fatally flawed” and the following story detailed how most studies on Vitamin E have been flawed to the point of being essentially worthless. Here are some excerpts:

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Generations of studies on vitamin E may be largely meaningless, scientists say, because new research has demonstrated that the levels of this micronutrient necessary to reduce oxidative stress are far higher than those that have been commonly used in clinical trials. The continuation of this news release can be found in the Eureka Alert publication.

In a new study and commentary in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, researchers concluded that the levels of vitamin E necessary to reduce oxidative stress are four to eight times higher than those used in almost all past clinical trials.

This could help explain the inconsistent results of many vitamin E trials for its value in preventing or treating cardiovascular disease, said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and co-author of the new commentary along with Jeffrey Blumberg, at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

‘The methodology used in almost all past clinical trials of vitamin E has been fatally flawed,’ said Frei, one of the world’s leading experts on antioxidants and disease.”

Such news comes as no surprise to natural health advocates, but the public announcement of the results is surprising because it spotlights a common failure of testing natural alternatives that has gone on for decades: namely, testing dosage amounts well below the therapeutic level,

Many believe that testing such low dosage amounts, along with other flaws such as testing inferior or incorrect forms of the item being studied, studying only an isolated vitamin, mineral or compound without the supporting compounds found in nature are the result of looking at the minimum RDA amounts recommended to maintain good health instead of the therapeutic amounts needed to address illness and disease – as well as the fact that only synthetic creations, altered natural compounds and uniquely isolated compounds are patentable.

There is no economic incentive for industry to fund expensive studies and trials of something they cannot patent, have a good chance of recovering their study and trial costs, and then going on to reap large profits that can run into the billions of dollars. On a darker side, there are many who suggest that such profits are behind a great number of flawed industry funded studies on vitamins, minerals, & botanicals – in other words, the studies are purposely designed to show poor results in order to ward off natural competition that might be safer, more effective and/or much less expensive.

The public and our doctors have been told over and over again that natural alternative such as vitamins, minerals and botanical compounds provided by nature are inferior to what man creates in our labs and such flawed studies are what are often pointed to for justification. If the studies are flawed, by design or not, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Such suspicions of the motives behind flawed studies are magnified when one looks at the apparent agenda of the FDA and those behind the push for adoption of a North American Union kind of agreement modeled after the European Union model, which limits access to only a select group of natural vitamins, minerals and supplements at dosage levels far below what is effective.

It is this author’s opinion that we should never fail to keep in mind that the people behind these studies have a vested stake in a trillion dollar plus annual industry and a track record of taking no prisoners when it comes to competition. These are, after all, the same people who trotted doctors and scientists before congress for four decades to testify that vitamins had no benefit and were even harmful, before finally giving in to a mountain of evidence they could not hide. These are also the same people who assured us of the safety of Vioxx, Bextra, Allieve, Avandia, Gardasil, Fosamax, mercury vaccines, mercury amalgam fillings, and a long, long line of past and present drugs associated with dangerous side effects, including large numbers of deaths.

The same group of vested interest, despite over half a century of abject failure in the war on cancer, still maintain that cutting out, burning out and poisoning out symptoms is superior to addressing the underlying causes and natural prevention. And, when you get down to it, it was pretty much the same group that assured us for generations that cigarettes were harmless.

It was a welcome surprise to many to see a mainstream study point out the failures of how vitamins and other natural therapeutics have been tested. Too bad we don’t see such information constantly paraded before the masses on television and in journals, popular magazines and newspapers instead of the barrage of “Ask Your Doctor” ads clearly designed to condition the viewers into entering the wonderful world of managed illness.

Live long, live healthy, live happy!

Seven Reasons Why Natural Health Remedies Are Regaining Their Previous Popularity

Natural health is enjoying a huge increase in popularity, at the moment. Why do you think this is? Here are a few of my thoughts.

  1. Natural health takes into consideration the whole person. After all, your mind and your little toe are all important aspects of you. (Main stream health care isolates parts of the body, as if they aren’t connected.)
  2. Natural health works on very basic and universal laws, which are violated at your peril! This means everything is considered important including your diet, your stress levels, your living conditions, your self-confidence, your exposure to harmful substances, your lack of exposure to healthy conditions, the physical or emotional traumas you have had.
  3. Your body is constantly trying to keep you as healthy as possible. Natural health remedies work by supporting your body in this aim, rather than opposing your body as happens with pharmaceutical drugs.
  4. Natural health remedies give you the power to heal yourself – you are always in charge. (Compare that with the medical point of view that the doctor is in charge of your health.)
  5. There are no side effects when using natural health remedies. We’ve all heard of people who have experienced worse symptoms from the side effects of drugs, than that of the original complaint.
  6. You can often prescribe yourself natural health supplements – you don’t need expert advice.
  7. Natural health remedies are timeless because they work within universal laws. They will never be dated. New ones may become available. But they will never drop out of popularity because of their ineffectiveness. Rather, as has happened, they are pushed out of popularity for that very reason – they are powerfully effective.

I love the concept that every part of our bodies are dependent on each other, all parts make up the whole – from your emotions, to your physical aches.

And to take it further, that every person is part of the whole planet. So by improving your health naturally, you’re contributing to a healthier planet.

I also love the idea that you are in charge of your health. No one can do anything for you (or to you for that matter) without your permission. Taking control of your own health naturally, is a rewarding journey.

Natural health can be anything from massaging a sore muscle to working on your negative thoughts, and everything in between. The important thing to remember is that you matter, you have control. You’re in the driver’s seat as far as your health is concerned.

Natural health remedies are normally in the form of homeopathic, herbal, flower, colour or ‘energy’ remedies. You normally take them orally, but sometimes you can just put them on your skin.

Typically the results that you obtain from them is subtle. Negativity or ailments tend to melt away without any song and dance. So much so that you can think they’re not working. It’s only by diligently recording all your issues prior to starting your treatment, that you’ll know if you’re making any headway. An industrious practitioner will always take copious notes of your current ailments.

My preference within the natural health remedies available lie with homeopathic remedies. From experience, I’ve learned how powerful they are. They can go back a lifetime, to the traumas you suffered as an infant, even in utero, whatever age you are now. These traumas all have an impact on who you are now and the type of ailments you’re suffering. By addressing these issues, you can drop those burdens you’ve been carrying.